Enforcement and Inspection

As today’s workplace becomes more complex, regulation of that workplace increases. In this section, you’ll find the practical advice you need to understand exactly what OSHA, other federal agencies, and their state counterparts, require of you, and to comply in the ways that best satisfy both your and their needs. Look also for important court decisions, advice on how to handle enforcement actions, and news of upcoming changes in workplace health and safety law.

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OSHA: Poultry Plant Cited in Dangerous Chemical Release

The nation’s largest chicken producer failed to use proper safety procedures, which caused a significant release of a highly hazardous chemical. Find out how the agency reacted to this repeat violation.

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The Pitfalls of Noncompliance

Following safety regulations isn’t just the right thing to do—it keeps employers on the right side of OSHA enforcement and saves money by avoiding fines, legal fees, and more. Keep reading to learn about seven companies that ran afoul of OSHA regulations and paid the price.

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Real Estate Developer Settles with OSHA, Agrees to $700K Fine

A deal between OSHA and a real estate development company settles citations and fines that could have cost this employer millions. Find out what the business has promised to do. Maybe you should be doing the same.

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Countdown to Stand-Down: Get Ready to Stand Down for Fall Prevention

From May 2–6, OSHA will hold its third annual Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction. The event, which reached some 4 million employees in 2014 and 2015, most in construction, is intended to raise awareness of preventing fall hazards, which accounted for 337 of the 874 preventable construction fatalities recorded in 2014. Keep reading to learn more about the stand-down and get tips for holding a successful stand-down at your facility.

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Small Water Systems Awash in Noncompliance

Taking enforcement action against violating small community water systems (SCWSs) can be a complete waste of time, which makes it clear that other approaches are needed to bring the thousands of such systems into compliance with their Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) obligations.

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Infographic: Audits and e-Disclosure

The EPA has streamlined the self-reporting process under its Audit Policy and Small Business Compliance Policy by developing an online tool for disclosing violations. This infographic highlights what you need to know about EPA’s e-disclosure process.

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OSHA Announces Results of New Incident Reporting Rules

OSHA says the first year of new employer requirements has generated significant numbers of severe-injury reports. Find out what happens when OSHA learns of an incident and how you may be affected.

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OSHA Increases Fines for Failing to Report

Anticipating a large increase in severe injury reports (fatality, inpatient hospitalization, amputation, or loss of an eye), OSHA issued an internal enforcement memorandum on December 24, 2014, to help the field offices manage these reports. It provides new procedures on when to launch an inspection. Recently, OSHA revised its Interim Enforcement Procedures for New Reporting Requirements under 29 CFR 1904.

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The Pitfalls of Noncompliance

Following safety regulations isn’t just the right thing to do—it keeps employers on the right side of OSHA enforcement and saves money by avoiding fines, legal fees, and more. Keep reading to learn about six companies that ran afoul of OSHA regulations and paid the price.

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OSHA Requests Budget Increase of $42 Million for FY 2017

OSHA’s budget request for fiscal year (FY) 2017 includes a $42 million increase over 2016 levels and 100 additional full-time staff. Keep reading to learn how OSHA plans to use the additional funding and what it could mean for your facility.

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